Recognising Escort Work For What It Is: Normal, Healthy, Consensual Sex Between Adults.

ESCORT SERVICES may be perfectly legal in Britain, but the stigma around sex work remains and often carries over to our clients. Fortunately, there is a growing movement to normalise escort work, as more and more people recognise that so-called “sex work” is work that women and men can choose and can consent to in exchange for money.

This is exactly what The Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), Quebec’s most prominent women’s organisation, recently did, effectively decriminalising sex work to allow for safer spaces, less stigma, and better legal recourse for the abused, which will increase protections for sex workers. It’s for those exact reasons that Amnesty International also recommended decriminalisation of consensual sex work in 2016.

Stella, a Montreal-based advocacy group run by sex workers for sex workers, lauds the FFQ decision as an important step in the right direction. We also praise and support the decision, not only because the physical safety of escorts should be prioritised, but also because prohibition encourages the exploitation of sex workers by denying them legal and regulatory protections.

It is also important to understand the distinction between consensual sex work, non-consensual trafficking, and sexual exploitation. There is a preconceived notion of what escorts and the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai women in the industry are all about.

The high majority of Asian escorts in London are empowered, independent, intelligent woman who choose to work as escorts because they see the work as a positive career decision, whether it is short-term, or not.

Most of the escorts who work at Sexy Asian Girls in London tend to work in the business for two or three years and move on to other things in life; some become doctors, lawyers and teachers. Some settle down and get married, sometimes to a client.

I wish that anyone who looks down on the sex industry could meet some of the better clients we’ve had over our time working in the Asian escort business in London. Normal, nice, successful people. Same as the escorts they spend time with.

Bella French, cam girl, and co-founder and CEO of ManyVids, a Canadian adult entertainment video hosting and live streaming company headquartered in Montreal, says: “Sex work exists and will always exist. Thirty per cent of internet searches are for porn, and porn sites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. And it’s not by treating sex workers as less than anyone else that we protect the ones who are being exploited. It’s by making them see that other, safer options exist that they can feel empowered to walk away from a bad situation.”

“Sex work” is work that women and men can choose and can consent to in exchange for money. Which is why we should all recognise escort work for what it is: Normal, healthy, consensual sex between adults.

To read about why the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) are decriminalising sex work in Canada click here.

For more information about why Amnesty International also recommended decriminalisation of consensual sex work in 2016 click here.

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